Police: Man stabs wife to death before slashing own wrists

The Avondale Estates woman who was stabbed to death at her home before dawn Friday has been identified as Karen Jenkins, 64.

Police found her body when they responded to a call about a stabbing at her home in the 1100 block of Berkeley Road around 5 a.m.

They also found her husband, who allegedly turned the knife on himself and is the suspect in her killing.

Ronald Jenkins, 64, has been charged with murder and is in police custody, said Avondale Estates Police Chief Gary Broden.

Jenkins slashed both of his wrists and was taken to Grady Memorial Hospital, where he remained Friday evening, Avondale Estates police said.

"It appears at this time to be domestic-related," Avondale Estates Police Sgt. Lynn Thomas said.

This is Avondale Estates' first homicide of 2010, according to Thomas.

He said the couple's daughter and granddaughter were sleeping in the home at the time of the killing.

"They were not involved in the altercation," Thomas said.

Neighbor Linda Dunning was stunned to learn what had happened.

"We don't have violence in this neighborhood," she said. "But you don't know what goes on behind closed doors. It's so sad, it's tragic."